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    Smile The Best Cheater Ever

    There could be books written on the things he and others did back when NASCAR was actually racing.

    Smokey Yunick was known for some pretty genius rule bending. Which is your favorite example?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lePZF17Tz3U



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    I actually had the opportunity and pleasure to meet Smokey one night in his Dayton garage.( A guy I worked with at GE was contracted to NASCAR to keep their timing light towers working at each track, so he knew all the drivers and of course Smokey, so he took me to Smokey's garage after we had been out to dinner.) It was fascinating to hear some of his tails during the approximately 2 hour visit. He showed me around his shop. He had many Chevy engines sitting in racks. He said that when ever he did engine development work for GM, they would ship him way more engines than he would need. He was a very nice guy.

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    I'm not sure that the term "cheater" really applied to Smoky. He played within the rules, but his interpretation of them was not what the sanctioning body intended.

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    I always thought that he was ahead of most of the teams. I used to really like the shows where the old drivers got together and told about the things they did back when they drove real cars.

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    Since back in the 60s, stockcars were actually pretty close to production in terms of body and basic chassis/suspension, I always thought it was pretty amazing how Smokey could manage to subtlety re-shape a roof line or lay back the windshield to improve aerodynamics but keep it virtually invisible. I'm sure he was probably one of the main reason they came out with those body templates they started slapping on cars. You can't blame a guy for trying to gain an advantage by testing the limits of the rules.
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    One story my timing tower buddy from GE told me was (this was back in the late 70"s or early 80"s) a ditsy young lady who knew nothing about NASCAR racing was visiting the Allison pits at Daytona and remarked how "cute" the cars were and wondered how fast they would go and could she perhaps get a ride. So Bobby told his crew chief to rig a seat and give her a helmet ( not a lot of regulation apparently in those days) and then he took her out on the track and cut a few laps at about 190 mph. I think she need a change of clothes after the ride.

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    I remember these cars from the old Trans Am days and I thought of it as creative thinking.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkWEmfNmXiE



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